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Midfielder Burnell joins Oxford

Joe Burnell
Burnell has spent time at local rivals Northampton and Wycombe

Oxford United boss Darren Patterson has made Northampton midfielder Joe Burnell his first summer signing.

The 27-year-old former Wycombe Wanderers player is described a hard tackling central midfielder.

Burnell told BBC Oxford: "I had offers on the table from league clubs but just because they are in the league doesn't mean they have ambition.

"The manager, chairman, the set-up and the fan-base all helped make the decision for me."

He added: "I know the manager says you have to take it game by game but for me getting this club back into the football league is essential."

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